Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Cupcakes. Need I Say More?

Peanut butter and chocolate vegan cupcakes.

I got Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World from the library, and had a little spare time yesterday. So, I whipped up a batch of peanut butter-filled chocolate cupcake goodness, also known as:


Your Basic Chocolate Cupcake

1 c milk (soy, almond, rice, or regular)
1 t apple cider vinegar (I used balsamic, it turned out fine)
3/4 c sugar
1/3 c oil
1.5 t vanilla
1 c flour
1/3 c cocoa powder
3/4 t baking soda
1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt

1. Whisk together milk and vinegar in a large bowl. Set aside for a few minutes. Add the sugar, oil, and vanilla to milk mixture and beat until foamy. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add in two batches to wet ingredients and beat till no large lumps remain.
2. Pour into liners, filling three-quarters of the way. Bake 18-20 minutes at 360 degrees. Transfer to cooling rack and let cool completely.

Fill with Peanut Buttercream Filling/Frosting:
1/4 c softened margarine
2 T shortening
1/3 c creamy peanut butter
1 T molasses
1.5 t vanilla extract
1.25 c confectioner's sugar
1-2 T milk or creamer

- Cream together margarine and shortening with handheld mixer until smooth. Add peanut butter, molasses and vanilla and beat until very smooth, 2-3 minutes. Beat in sugar and dribble in milk a little at a time, beating continuously till frosting is very fluffy. I had a piping attachment for my pastry bag. I stuck it into each cupcake and filled it with peanut buttery goodness. YUM!

Top with Rich Chocolate Ganache topping:
1/4 c milk
4 oz semisweet chocolate chips
2 T pure maple syrup

- Bring the milk to a gentle boil. Immediately remove from heat and add the chocolate and syrup. Mix until fully melted and smooth. Set aside till ready to use.

(I also topped some with the Peanut Buttercream Frosting. Yum.)

They are seriously AMAZING. Like, eat-three-cupcakes amazing.

(Yeah, so maybe I ate three.)


(Don't judge me. I'm going running.)

PS: Isa Chandra Moskowitz, I love you. Please don't be mad for me putting your delicious recipes on the internet. I just want more people to know how great vegan baking can be! Also, seriously, I LOVE YOU.


  1. Those look fabulous! I loooove making cupcakes - especially fancy not-out-of-a-box-and-jar-of-frosting kind! Good job - cheers!

  2. Oh my word do those look fantastic! I dont usually cook vegan but these look so delicious!

  3. Yum! I love vegan baking, partially because the dough is safe to devour!

  4. I am not even a vegan and was sceptical but honestly, the Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World book is a tome of deliciousness. The Brownie Cupcakes won 2nd place at a brownie bakeoff at work! YAY! Yay for vegan cupcakes!

  5. Holy yumminess. I have to make those! That's my favorite flavor combo.

  6. this is the cookbook that ellen uses when she makes cupcakes. in fact, she used it for my birthday cupcakes. super tasty. mmmmm.

  7. Wow they look great! I have had gluten-free cupcakes before and it was great. I normally don't cook vegan, but I could try it.

  8. I love the peanut butter chocolate combination. Yuuum!

  9. I LOVE THAT BOOK SO MUCH!! Lovelovelove...everything I've ever made out of there has come out beyond beautiful and tasty.

    Check out "Eat, Drink, and be Vegan." if you can, that one's also a keeper, nothing but yumminess.

  10. Those look YUMMY! Thank you for the tip about the vinegar--I was seriously bumming about a recipe last week because I had every kind of vinegar except apple cider.

    I'll have to check out this cookbook, for sure!

  11. Those?

    Look devine!!

  12. the best part for me (and will be for my little stinky boys) is that the frosting looks like POOP! i'm not gonna lie, you know it does, but i love it! LOL
    I want to try it and it will be fun bc it'll be my very first homemade vegan recipe!! yay!!!

  13. My pots and pans and dishes are stuck on a moving truck somewhere. Which means I can't bake. Or make anything homemade. I'm dying a little bit every day.

  14. Okay, yeah, you need to start writing for HandsIn like yesterday.

  15. You are such a talented girl! I do have to agree with Jimaie that the frosting does kinda look like poop, but I would totally still eat them. ;D

  16. You're the second person I know who blogged about this vegan cupcake book. Now I might have to go and get it. I've never been a huge cupcake fan (the frosting ends up on my nose more often than not), but you make them look so good! I also want to know more about vegan baking since I'd like to use fewer animal products, but I love baking.

  17. Yummy! I will try them!Thanks for the recipe.

  18. ROFL to Jimaie, now that's all I can think of. But either way your poop cupcakes still look delicious

  19. It looks so yummy! Chocolate with peanut butter... the best!


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